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Archer of Shinjuku (James Moriarty)

FGO James Moriarty, Pros and Cons, Rating, Strategies and Tips, Stats, Skills, Wiki, and Noble Phantasm.
[JP] Fate Grand Order
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update 07/11/2017

Overview

James Moriarty

Archer of Shinjuku is currently unavailable on the EN ver.

RarityCostClass
5★16Archer
Archer
Rating7.5/10

James Moriarty is a flexible damage dealer, with good NP generation thanks to his second skill and three Arts cards. His flexibility comes in part from his critical absorption skill, team-wide ATK up, though his second skill’s 10 star requirement may pose a problem sometimes. Being single-target, Moriarty’s NP can do a significant amount of damage, and his first skill’s Invincibility pierce means that he will find little trouble from enemies’ Evasion and Invincibility skills.

Moriarty’s main weakness is that he lacks any sort of defensive function, and his triple-Arts deck leaves his damage potential somewhat lacking at times. Additionally, his second skill’s requirement means that the team would need to prepare more critical stars than usual.

Pros

  • Good NP gain.
  • Critical absorption skill makes for reliable critical hits in crucial turns.
  • Good buffs, both for himself and the team.

Cons

  • Lacks any defensive functions.
  • Second skill’s requirement makes it slightly tricky to use.
  • Third skill’s additional effect is somewhat situational.
  • No defensive option.

Strategies & Tips

Despite his Buster-type NP, Moriarty is best paired with Arts-oriented Servants, in order to make the most of his deck. He should be placed in critical-oriented teams, where his high natural critical absorption could be exploited as well as to ensure access to his second skill. In general, his NP-charging skill should be used as early as possible, and his other skills as needed. It is preferable to use his NP to form Brave chains, to make the most of his NP’s defense down. He is also a decent damage support unit for Evil units, thanks to his third skill.

Noble Phantasm

The Dynamics of an Asteroid is a Buster-type NP which deals damage to a single target. It also applies a defense debuff on said target, which is applied before it deals damage - meaning that it also benefits the NP’s own damage. Due to Moriarty’s QAAAB deck, this NP also serves another important role in his kit - that is, as a Buster first card to strengthen his Brave chains.

Best Servants to Work with

ServantExplanation
Merlin
Merlin
Benefiting his NP damage as well as his criticals, Merlin brings a lot of advantages for Moriarty. His produced critical stars also help ensure that Moriarty has access to his second skill most of the time, while his survivability benefits from Merlin’s heals and Invincibility skill.
Jeanne d’Arc
Jeanne d’Arc
Her critical star absorption hinders Moriarty little thanks to his first skill, and she provides a way for the team to survive longer fights. She also has a star generation skill, which increases Moriarty’s reliability. Best used for compositions focusing on Moriarty’s NP.
Hans Christian Andersen
Andersen
Provides critical stars and buffs, increasing Moriarty’s effectiveness as a damage dealer. His deck also helps Moriarty in gaining NP, though the team would still be lacking a hard defensive skill.
Evil Damage Dealer Servants Jeanne d’Arc (Alter), Altria Pendragon (Alter), Vlad III, Shuten Douji
These Servants benefit greatly from Moriarty’s third skill - even more so if his bond CE is equipped. His triple Arts deck also aids their NP generation in general, though his high critical absorption may prove to be a hindrance for some Servants.

Best CEs

NP Damage Up

Capitalizes on Moriarty’s good NP gain by making his NP hit much harder. Due to his deck, in regards of damage this CE type is more effective compared to Arts or Buster performance increasing CEs.

Arts and Buster Performance Up

Boosting both his Buster and Arts cards’ performance, this type of CE gives a balanced performance increase, though the impact would be less compared to other CE types.

Critical Damage Up Combination

These CEs make the most of Moriarty’s natural affinity towards criticals, while benefiting other aspects of his kit as well depending on the second effect.

Max Bond Level CE

Especially useful for situations where Moriarty is used as a damage support for Evil allies. When combined with a maxed third skill, it gives said allies a significant 65% attack increase.

Stats

LvlHPATK
Base2,0071,820
Lv9013,68511,781
Lv10014,99212,896

Hidden Stats

NP Charge (ATK)0.38%
NP Charge (DEF)3%
Star Weight153
Star Rate8%
Death Resist31.5%
AlignmentLawful, Good
AttributeMan
TraitsMale u30fb Servant u30fb Humanoid u30fb Weak to Enuma Elish

Noble Phantasm

The Dynamics of an Asteroid (Rank A+)

[Overcharge] Decrease DEF for a single enemy (3 turns)
Deal damage to the target

RankA+
ClassificationAnti-Army
TypeBuster
Hit-Count?
LvlDamage +ChargeDefense -
1600%100%20%
2800%200%25%
3900%300%30%
4950%400%35%
51000%500%40%

Skills

Upgrade Priority

  • Magic Bullet Shooter EX

    Grants Moriarty Invincibility Pierce and increases his critical absorption for one turn. Thanks to the high percentages of this skill, it grants a significant effect even at level one, meaning that it has less leveling priority compared to other skills.

  • The Extremity of Spiderwebs A++

    Charges Moriarty’s own NP gauge and increases his NP damage for 3 turns, at the cost of 10 critical stars. This skill is slightly tricky to use, as losing critical stars may mean reducing his chance to perform criticals on a given turn. As such, it may be a good idea to refrain from using this skill on his Brave chain turns.

  • Charisma of Wicked Wisdom A

    While this skill has a bonus effect for Evil Servants, it unfortunately does not affect Moriarty himself - as he is usually the main damage dealer, it means that its additional benefits are more often than not wasted.

Magic Bullet Shooter EX

Magic Bullet Shooter EX

Available from the start
Ignore Invincibility (1 turn)
Increase your C. Star Gather Rate (1 turn)

LvlAbsorption +Cooldown
1300%7
2330%7
3360%7
4390%7
5420%7
6450%6
7480%6
8510%6
9540%6
10600%5

The Extremity of Spiderwebs A++

The Extremity of Spiderwebs A++

Unlocks after 1st Ascension
Incrase your NP gauge & NP Strength by 20% (3 turns)
Decrease 10 C. Stars (Available only when you have 10 or more)

LvlNP +Cooldown
130%8
232%8
334%8
436%8
538%8
640%7
742%7
844%7
946%7
1050%6

Charisma of Wicked Wisdom A

Charisma of Wicked Wisdom A

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension
Increase ATK for all allies (3 turns)
Increase ATK for [Evil] servants (3 turns, except yourself)

LvlAttack +Evil Attack +Cooldown
110%10%7
211%11%7
312%12%7
413%13%7
514%14%7
615%15%6
716%16%6
817%17%6
918%18%6
1020%20%5

Class Skills

Magic Resistance DMagic Resistance D
Increase your Debuff Resist by 12.5%
Independent Action A+Independent Action A+
Increase your Critical Strength by 11%

Command Cards

QuickArtsArtsArtsBuster
CardQuick
Quick
Arts
Arts
Buster
Buster
Extra
Extra
Hit-Count3456

With a triple Arts deck, Moriarty has an easier time gaining NP, an advantage further emphasized by his second skill. In exchange, his lack of Buster cards leave him somewhat disadvantaged as a damage dealer - though this is somewhat made up with him also being eligible for a semi-supporting role.

Bond Level

LvlExp RequiredTotal Exp
13,0003,000
26,1259,125
36,12515,250
46,12521,375
56,12527,500
6282,500310,000
7300,000610,000
8320,000930,000
9340,0001,270,000
10370,0001,640,000

Skill Enhancement Materials

LvlQP CostMaterials
1 → 2200,000Shining Gem of Bowsx5 (Shining Gem of Bows)
2 → 3400,000Shining Gem of Bowsx12 (Shining Gem of Bows)
3 → 41,200,000Magic Gem of Bowsx5 (Magic Gem of Bows)
4 → 51,600,000Magic Gem of Bowsx12 (Magic Gem of Bows)
Stinger of Certain Deathx12 (Stinger of Certain Death)
5 → 64,000,000Secret Gem of Bowsx5 (Secret Gem of Bows)
Stinger of Certain Deathx24 (Stinger of Certain Death)
6 → 75,000,000Secret Gem of Bowsx12 (Secret Gem of Bows)
Forbidden Pagex5 (Forbidden Page)
7 → 810,000,000Forbidden Pagex10 (Forbidden Page)
Shadow Servantx12 (Shadow Servant)
8 → 912,000,000Shadow Servantx36 (Shadow Servant)
Magical Cerebrospinal Fluidx72 (Magical Cerebrospinal Fluid)
9 → 1020,000,000Crystallized Lore​x1 (Crystallized Lore​)

Ascension Materials

AscensionQP CostMaterials
1st100,000Archer Piecex5 (Archer Piece)
2nd300,000Archer Piecex12 (Archer Piece)
Forbidden Pagex8 (Forbidden Page)
3rd1,000,000Archer Monumentx5 (Archer Monument)
Stinger of Certain Deathx24 (Stinger of Certain Death)
Talon of Chaosx3 (Talon of Chaos)
4th3,000,000Archer Monumentx12 (Archer Monument)
Talon of Chaosx6 (Talon of Chaos)
Scarab of Wisdomx5 (Scarab of Wisdom)

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